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Flying Businessman


Published 1953


How businesspeople can benefit from general aviation. With many shots of flying businessmen, airports and airport and aviation facilities in the Fifties. Kodachrome.


Run time 12:56
Producer Film Originals
Audio/Visual Sd, C

Shotlist

VS night shots of airline neon signs at airport (Western Airlines)
VS people at airport counter, clerk
VS flight attendants and passengers inside airplane (good)
People receiving service, passengers talking, etc.
2 businessmen talking in adjoining seats
Businessman-types disembarking from plane down stairway
VS air taxi service
VS Air Taxi service signs
VS U-Drive and Rent-a-Car signs
VS People being picked up by airport courtesy cars
Businessman getting into courtesy car
VS courtesy cars driving
Men entering St. Louis Post-Dispatch plane
Secretary transcribing on plane
CU executive dictating on plane
CU pencil pointing out details on blueprint of corporate plane
CU woman applying lipstick in mirror on corporate plane
CU executive taking off glasses thoughtfully while riding on plane
CU executive talking on air to ground phone, handing papers to subordinate
Executive adjusting air flow
Man washing face in bathroom
VS executives on rural airstrips
Sheep rancher forcing sheep into trailer
VS various kinds of businessmen who might own planes, some shown with planes (good); narrator explains who they are
Flight student / lesson / instruction sequence
Businessmen inspecting plane (pre-purchase or pre-flight lesson)
VS instructor and businessman engaged in flight instruction
CU hand checking instruments on Cessna (CU Cessna wheel in front of frame)
CU brown shoes with holes in them depressing pedals
VS flight instruction, seen from inside and outside the aircraft
Student and instructor sitting in cafŽ, served by waitress
Instructor watching student
Aerocar sequence (good!) (futuristic family or small-business airplane meant for personal transportation)
last few minutes not fully logged



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Reviews

Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2013
Subject: Exactly what you'd expect
Strange editing aside, this is exactly what you'd expect (complete with bombastic US-centric narration).

It's excellent as stock footage...so many good bits of footage in this film, and it's a nice time capsule. Some of those planes looked quite aesthetically pleasing.

Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2006
Subject: Remember When Flying Was Actually Comfortable? Me, Neither. This Film Does, Though.
This 50s film shows us all about how planes and air travel are used in business. It starts with a section on airline travel, and we see lots of grey-flannel-suited white men on airline flights, back in the days when air travel was relatively comfortable and luxurious. Then thereâs a section on custom-designed company planes, and we get to see similar businessmen and secretaries doing work, and also resting and watching TV on luxurious-looking company planes. Then thereâs a long section on businessmen learning to fly, and we get to see just what itâs like to take flying lessons, which is pretty interesting. The final section shows us a bunch of different brands and varieties of planes, including weird ones like the Aerocar, a flying car that never caught on but is a wonderful little obscurity in the history of flight. All in all, this is a fun film with lots of great visuals, as well as historical interest in documenting business flight during the 50s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2003
Subject: I'm flying.. I'm FLYYYYING...
Somewhat interesting short about how important it is for someone to have a plane nowadays, lol. The film first explains the reasons why the modern businessman has to fly, then goes into the many features and how businesses even have their own plane. Then, in the main section, it is explained that getting your pilot's license is as easy as pie it seems. Finally, we explore the future of flying, and the fascinating shapes that really.. um... never took off.
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